BIOLOGY 301 - TAXONOMY OF FLOWERING PLANTS--Spring 2008

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Hugh Wilson, Room 202 Butler Hall. Office hours: TTh 11:00-12:00 (or by appointment at other times), Phone: 845-3354, email: h-wilson@tamu.edu

LECTURE LOCATION:  Harrington Education Center (HECC) 200  MWF 9:10-10:00

COURSE INFORMATION PACKETS: Lecture notes (packet #4520 - not required); Lab key (packet #4518), and Lab Handouts (packet #4519) from Copy Corner.

 LECTURE SCHEDULE

DATE
TOPIC
LAB (WEEK OF)
 14 Jan
Introduction Exercise in Key Construction
16 Jan
Vegetative Structure and Terminology I
18 Jan
Vegetative Structure and Terminology II
23 Jan
Reproductive Structure and Terminology I No-lab (MLK) but material set up for study and review
25 Jan
Reproductive Structure and Terminology II
28 Jan
Flowering Plants - Origin/Classification Vegetative Characters
30 Jan
Examination I

 1 Feb
Magnoliidae
 4 Feb
Magnoliidae Reproductive Characters
 6 Feb
Hamamelidae
 8 Feb
Hamamelidae
11 Feb
Caryophyllidae Magnoliidae-Hamamelidae
13 Feb
Caryophyllidae
15 Feb
Caryophyllidae
18 Feb
Nomenclature Caryophyllidae
20 Feb
Dilleniidae
22 Feb
Dilleniidae
25 Feb
Dilleniidae Dilleniidae
27 Feb
Examination II

29 Feb
Rosidae
  3 Mar
Rosidae Lab Practical I, Specimen Prep Trip
  5 Mar
Rosidae
  7 Mar
Rosidae 
17 Mar
Asteridae Rosidae--1st specimens due
19 Mar
Asteridae
24 Mar
Asteridae Lick Creek Park Field Trip
26 Mar
Asteridae
28 Mar
Examination III

31 Mar
Liliopsida - Alismatidae  Asteridae
  2 Apr
Arecidae
  4 Apr
Commelinidae 
  7 Apr
Commelinidae Liliopsida I
  9 Apr
Commelinidae-Zingberidae
11 Apr
Liliidae
14 Apr
Liliidae Liliopsida II--Collections due
16 Apr
Examination IV

18 Apr
Evolution of Classification Systems
21 Apr
Pteridophytes Lab Practical II
23 Apr
Pteridophytes/Gymnosperms
25 Apr
Gymnosperms
28 Apr (dead day)
Flowering Plant Evolution
29 Apr (redefined)
The Texas Flora--An Overview

  5 May (Monday)
Final Exam - 8:00-10:00a.m.


MATERIAL ON RESERVE (2nd floor, Evans Library ): 1. Zomlefer, 1994. Guide to Flowering Plant Families   2. Heywood, 1985. Flowering Plants of the World.  3. Walters, D.R. & Keil, D.J., 1996 Vascular Plant Taxonomy, 4th Ed.,  4. Mabberley, 1987. The Plant-Book5. Jones & Luchsinger, 1986. Plant Systematics.
 

TESTING:
 

EXAM
COVERAGE
POINTS
DATE
I
Lectures of 14 Jan-28 Jan - Mostly Morphology/Terminology
50
30 January
II
Lectures of 1 February through 25 February - Dicots 1
100
27 February
III
Lectures of  29 February through 26 March - Dicots 2
100
28 March
IV
Lectures of  31 March through 14 April - Monocots
100
16 April
POP
5 quizzes comprehensive
50
any lecture
FINAL
Lectures of 18 April through 29 April - (50 points) and lectures of 14 January through 14 April (100 points) Comprehensive
150
5 May 8:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
 
TOTAL:
550
 


LABORATORY:
  The laboratory point total is 350 and your final course grade will be based on points earned from a total of 900 (900-810=A, 809-719=B, etc. - see grade/score roster from a previous semester).  A detailed breakdown of specific point values in lab will be provided in the laboratory schedule.

MAKE-UP EXAMS: If an exam is missed for a university approved excuse (illness, death in the family, etc.), Dr. Wilson must be notified within 48 hours of the missed exam. Documentation of why the examination was missed must be provided by the student, i.e., note from the health center or private physician if ill, copy of obituary and name of funeral home if death in the family, etc.  DO NOT WAIT TO SEE DR.WILSON PERSONALLY IF YOU KNOW YOU WILL MISS AN EXAM - contact by phone with a follow-up of your written excuse is acceptable.  You can always leave a voice mail (after 4 rings) message with Dr. Wilson (845-3354) or the Biology 301 Lab Coordinator, Monique Reed at 845-8650.

Persons with disabilities are guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you feel that you have a disability requiring accommodation, please contact the Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities at 845-1637.

Last updated by  MDR    9 January 2008


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